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Golden Princess (2012 August)
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REVIEW (ABOUT THE CUISINE)
Food is one of the main
elements on cruise ships. During the days at sea, you may have 5 meals, or
even more, in various restaurants onboard from day to night. Thus, the
standard of dining constitutes an important factor to the quality of cruise
On all of our previous cruises, we always opted for second seating for
dinner. This time we were pre-assigned for Anytime Dining by our travel
agent. Even though it was possible to switch to Traditional Dining by
requesting through the Maître d'Hôtel on the first night, we still decided
to choose open seating for the first time because of the cruise schedule.
Since the ship would be in the port of Juneau and Victoria until 21:30 and
23:30 respectively, Anytime Dining allowed us to stay ashore longer for
greater flexibility. We could get back onboard the ship at around 21:00 and
enter the dining room later.
Both Donatello Dining Room (Deck 6 midships) and Bernini Dining Room (Deck 5
midships) were open for Anytime Dining with same menus, but we usually went
to the former one. Donatello is located directly above Bernini, but they are
not interconnected as on some ships of other cruise lines. Together with the
asymmetric and multi-tiered layout, an intimate and small-ship atmosphere
can be created.
There are tables for two, four, six, eight and ten, in which the large
availability of two-person table is of increasing popularity in modern-day
cruising. No matter what time we entered the restaurant, we could always
have a small table without sharing with others. These tables are mostly
located in the central area that has no ocean view.
Dinner was in different themes every evening, and so the menus varied.
Compared with European cruise lines, the dishes on American cruise ships had
bigger portions. Steak items were the most common choices. The desserts are
quite plain with not much decoration. Nevertheless, all the courses were
delicious particularly those in the formal nights.
Waiters in the dining rooms come from many different nations around the
world, but most are Filipinos (and some Mexicans). They were friendly and
attentive, and always understand our needs immediately. Many of them were
especially interested to chat with us, probably we were quite easy to
recognize as Asians and as young passengers.
For a less formal dining experience, guests can go to the Horizon Court
buffet restaurant that was open from early till late. A wide selection of
worldwide food was prepared in each meal every day. It has a large number of
seats and two sides of food collection area. Many guests can be accommodated
at the same time without waiting.
Even more casual dining spots are the poolside snack bars, including a
pizzeria, a grill and an ice cream bar. They are ideal places to have light
snacks after some outdoor exercises.
In The Piazza, the new International Café is open 24 hours for snacks. Since
it is located close to our cabin, we loved to go there to have some pastries
when we felt hungry at midnight. It is also good for passengers to have a
cup of coffee in the atrium and at the same time watching the performances
there. It is free of charge and quite a lot of choices are offered at
different time in a day.
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